Guard members get unlikely mascot

Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Carpino, the 385th Air Expeditionary Group deployed vehicle control officer, visits with KC, the mascot of the 90th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robbie Finley)

Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Carpino, the 385th Air Expeditionary Group deployed vehicle control officer, visits with KC, the mascot of the 90th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robbie Finley)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- On any given day, a person could take a stroll through the 90th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's facilities and run into the dog known as KC. 

KC, an Anatolian Sheppard, is the unofficial mascot of the 90th EMXS, and every unit that makes their way through here ends up caring for her as if she were one of their own. 

As the story goes, KC just showed up one day in the maintenance area four or five years ago looking very skinny and unhealthy. The crew here at the time decided to feed the dog, which kept her coming back for more. 

Fast forward to 2006 and KC has a continuity book that dictates when she'll be seen by a veterinarian (paid for by the deployed unit at the time), piles of food, also donated by deployed units, and her own sleeping area in the break area of the maintenance complex. 

She is delightfully (and only slightly) chubby and spends most of her days lazily walking about the maintenance complex, although if a stray cat were to pass by, KC would take off in hot pursuit. 

If you should ever find yourself over in stratotanker maintenance land and spot a light brown dog slowly moving from place to place, be sure to say hi to the mascot of the 90th EMXS.